Thomas is 18 months old next week and this is the first real taste of spring he has had. Today we have taken full advantage of the weather and have had fun doing lots of new things. We have climbed on ropes, been on the big slide in the park, been on a big boy scooter and written with a stick in the dirt. Thomas enjoyed every second of it. He really wants to be a big kid and tries to copy everything they do. I cannot wait for the other first adventures we are going to have this summer!!
Thomas and Stuart last weekend
On one evening last week, just as we were putting Thomas to bed. A very sleepy Thomas looked over at his Daddy and said, as clear as anything ‘My Daddy’. Stuart welled up instantly and I was not far behind him. It was a lovely moment and one I will treasure forever!
On Easter Bank Holiday, Thomas, my dad and I went to Bewdley and saw the charity duck race, raising funds for the Lions Club. We brought Thomas a duck which he had a picture with
Then I left Thomas with my dad to take photos of the ducks being thrown in the river
The ducks in the river
Afterwards, we went to the park nearby and Thomas climbed through a tunnel
And went down a slide! It was a lovely but cold day and we hope to go again sometime soon!
This morning, Thomas, Stuart and I went to Beckett's Farm to see the baby animals and the chicks hatching. We saw sheep, calves, pigs, goats, donkeys and chickens. Thomas was not sure what to make of the pigs, chickens and donkeys. The chicks were very sweet and Thomas enjoyed seeing them. He liked the sheep as they did not move round so much. I think next year will be even better as Thomas will understand more. The farm was very busy so we did not stay quite as long as we would of liked but will definitely be back soon 🙂
For ages now, I have spent many hours looking at Pinterest for ideas for new and exciting things that I can do with Thomas. I have been considering doing a sensory box for a while but not had the time or the energy to make one up for him.
When I was in Asda, a couple of weeks ago I saw some shredded green and yellow paper and some plastic eggs and decided instantly that Thomas and I could have some fun with those. After a quick visit to a local craft shop for a couple of other bits to go in it (pom poms and feathers), I set about making the sensory box up in an old shoe box.
I put the green shredded paper in first with plastic eggs (open, closed and even some with pom poms in) and scattered feathers with more bigger pom poms on top. The yellow shredded paper went on next and the same process followed. I tried to put the eggs into the paper so it would look like they were in a nest.
Thomas enjoyed playing with the sensory box. He picked up the plastic eggs and had fun throwing them. He enjoyed sorting the small pom poms inside the eggs out of them and back in again. He liked being tickled by the feathers and tried to put one in his hair! I will need to get my thinking cap on and make another sensory box for Thomas soon I think as he enjoyed exploring this one so much!
Mother's Day this year has taken on a new meaning for me. On Monday, just before he went to bed, Thomas called me 'Mummy' for the first time. He is 16 months old. He like most children said 'dada' first at around six months old and a few months later, the odd 'mama' started coming out too. I have been encouraging him to say 'mummy' since.
This is my second Mother's Day. I always thought my first ever Mother's Day would be most significant but actually I think it is going to be this one. Thomas now knows who I am and that I will come and help/cuddle/support him whenever he needs me too.
Since becoming a Mummy, I have changed for the better. I appreciate the small things in life now. I have enjoyed every moment with Thomas from the first smile, the first tooth, first food, first steps, and even managed to enjoy the (horrendous) first haircut experience! Thomas is changing every day now at an alarming fast rate and I am enjoying every second of it.
This Mother's Day and every other day for that matter, I will get to cuddle and kiss my son and tell him how much he means to me. Some other Mummy's like Jennie from Edspire are not able to do that anymore with their child as they are shining stars in heaven looking down on us all. Because of this, I urge you this Mother's Day to enjoy being a mummy, enjoy being with your children and remember those Mummy's who are less fortunate than ourselves.
To donate to the Bliss fund in memory of Jennie's daughter, Matilda Mae please see here.
Last Sunday, Thomas, my dad and I went to Bewdley in Worcestershire to visit my Nan. Despite the weather being cold (again!!), I was determined that we would go outside and have some fun!!
We saw a train on the Severn Valley Railway which passes at the end of my Nan's garden. Thomas played football with his Grandad in the garden. Then has we were starting our walk, we saw some sheep crossing the road. Further along, our walk we saw some ducks in a pond which got Thomas excited, especially since he has now started saying 'quack quack', whenever he sees a duck! After our walk, we went back to my Nan's for a rest and a massive Sunday lunch. A very good day had by all 🙂